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Devotional exercises: "The Sovereignty of God"
Posted August 11th, 2012 by Pastor_David
Theme: God is sovereign over big things (like kings)
Background: In this passage, the prophet is foretelling the way that God will use Cyrus, the king of Persia, to end the Babylonian exile of the Hebrews. Cyrus will conquer the nation of Babylon and issue a decree that will send the people of Israel back to their homeland. Cyrus will do this without any awareness that he is fulfilling God’s decree. Nevertheless, as he makes these governmental decisions he will be inadvertently accomplishing the purposes of God.
Read: Isaiah 44:1-13
1. On a paper, all the ways in this passage that God is described as exerting his sovereign power over the world.
2. What reasons does God give for why he will do these things?
3. How do you think the Hebrew exiles must have felt when they read this prophecy of Isaiah’s?
4. How frequently do you think of God as being in control of the global events that take place in your world? How do you think your life would change if you were more conscious of God’s sovereign rule?
5. Pray that God will give you greater confidence in his authority and power.
Theme: God is sovereign over little things (like birds)
Background: These words of Christ are part of the instructions that he gave to his twelve disciples when he sent them out in twosomes to minister in his name. As he sent them out, he gave them authority, assured them of God’s presence and power, and also warned them of the dangers they would face and the ways they would suffer.
Read: Matthew 10:26-31
1. How does Jesus, in these verses, describe God’s sovereign rule over events in this world?
2. Since God is sovereign, what should we not fear? Why?
3. Since God is sovereign, what should we fear? Why?
4. Pray to God to free you from the wrong kind of fear and fill you with the right kind of fear.